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The World Competitiveness Newsletter is written by Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center or Dr José Caballero, Senior Economist. It includes information drawn from the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

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October 2016 Structure and Drivers of Digital Competitiveness
Using the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook's data for 2016, we develop a measure of Digital Competitiveness; that is, the adequacy of the different components of an economy's structure for facilitating its digitalization. We propose that in constructing such measure, there are three levels (i.e. factors) to be considered. These factors are 1) knowledge dynamics, 2) digital environment and 3) integration mechanisms.
September 2016 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking: Survey and hard data
Following up on feedback from several readers, in this criterion of the month we explore the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking's core components: its hard and survey data elements. We divide our overall ranking into these components and rank both sets of data individually for the years 2015 and 2016. The objective is to observe variations in the data in a one-year period. We must emphasize, however, that the two core rankings should not be compared with each other nor with the overall ranking.
June 2016 Policy stability and government efficiency
There are certain particularities that underline the competitiveness of countries. We consider these characteristics as attractiveness indicators and asked respondents to our Executive Opinion Survey to select the top five indicators (from a list of 15) for their respective economies. Among these indicators we include cost competitiveness and the availability of skilled workforce.
May 2016 IMD releases its 2016 World Competitiveness Ranking
Lausanne - (May 30, 2016) - The USA has surrendered its status as the world's most competitive economy after being overtaken by China Hong Kong and Switzerland, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center.
April 2016 Social disparities and competitiveness
Data show that a structural transformation is a precondition for increasing competitiveness. Such transformation entails enabling all individual members of society to fully participate and contribute to economic activities. Moreover, competiveness, understood as the extent to which a country achieves long-term value creation, involves the improvement of the welfare of the community as a whole.
March 2016 Innovation, values and high-tech trade
The IMD World Competitiveness Center in partnership with Thailand's Department of Trade Negotiations (Ministry of Commerce) recently organized an event aimed at improving Thailand's competitiveness. The three-day event included several interrelated activities and culminated in a highly dynamic and interactive workshop - a "Mega Dive."
February 2016 Competitiveness and Digital Challenges
The IMD World Competitiveness Center recently partnered with Accenture (Germany and Switzerland) to conduct a study about digitization trends and the digital challenges that German and Swiss companies are facing. We assess the impact of digitization on the competitive context and the digital practices that the competitive firms adopt in such environments.
January 2016 Can Executives Predict The Market?
In the 2015 IMD World Competitiveness Executive Survey, we asked our executives to predict their country's stock market performance for the year. This was a pioneering study trying to assess the forecasting ability of business executives, or alternatively the importance of sentiment in stock markets. We are now ready to report the results of the exercise.
November 2015 IMD World Talent Report 2015
The IMD World Competitiveness Center is delighted to present its IMD World Talent Report 2015. The report assesses countries on three aggregated factors - investment/development, appeal and readiness - which in turn are derived from a much broader range of indicators.
October 2015 Immigration, skills and productivity
Competitiveness greatly depends on the extent to which governments facilitate an environment conducive to business. One key indicator in this dimension is the impact of immigration laws; that is, whether or not immigration laws curtail the ability of enterprises to conduct their activities effectively. We partly capture the effect of stricter immigration policies through the IMD World Competitiveness Center's executive opinion survey, designed for the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

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Mega Dive Thailand – Competitiveness Improvement Program

A Mega Dive is a large-scale interactive workshop which engages participants in the search for different paths to enhance the competitiveness of their organization.

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IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook - Rankings 2016

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